A judge granted pre-trial release for a woman accused of stabbing her ex-husband multiple times in Antioch after a defense attorney argued it was in self-defense.
The Antioch Police Department and Antioch Fire Department responded around 5 p.m. on October 4 to the Joanna Court Apartments in the 200 block of Joanna Court near Route 83 in Antioch for a stabbing.
Officers found the victim, a 42-year-old Antioch man, being aided by a neighbor.
Police officials said the neighbor administered potentially lifesaving first aid to the victim by applying a tourniquet to his leg.
Paramedics transported the man to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The victim suffered stab wounds to his back and leg, police officials said. He was stabilized at the hospital and has since been released.
Investigators determined the victim was stabbed in his ex-wife’s apartment and fled to a neighboring apartment for aid.
The suspect was identified as Julie Anderson, 46, of Antioch. She was taken into custody at the scene.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said officers found a large amount of blood throughout the kitchen, hallway and bedroom of the residence.
Katris also said the floor was wet and the residence smelled like cleaning products as if someone had tried cleaning it up.
Police officials said the stabbing appeared to have started over purchases the victim made at the grocery store.
Anderson initially claimed the victim tripped and fell on a computer screen, Katris said.
The woman and the victim are divorced but still maintain a relationship.
Anderson was charged with aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
She was held in custody at the Antioch Police Department and transported to the Lake County Jail.
Prosecutors filed a petition and said they were seeking the court to deny Anderson’s pre-trial release.
A public defender for Anderson said his client is a victim of domestic violence and the alleged victim has a prior criminal history. Anderson does not have a criminal history.
The defense attorney said the alleged victim broke into Anderson’s home while drunk and demanded money before attacking the woman.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak released Anderson from custody with pre-trial conditions following a detention hearing.
Potkonjak ordered Anderson to have no contact with the victim and not possess any dangerous weapons.
A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 2.